The expanding Gran Fondo World Tour made its first stop in Switzerland on May 19, with the Cyclotour du Leman becoming a new permanent destination for the series.
Overlooking the Alps, the event involved a 176km tour around Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman) – the lake shared between France and Switzerland. Around 2700 participants faced some mixed weather conditions, including rain, across and undulating route that passed through Lausanne, Montreux, Evian, Thonon and Geneva.
In addition to the full loop, varying distances were also on offer – such as Evian to Lausanne, and Geneva to Lausanne. All finishers in Lausanne were greeted at the event village on the lake shore, with an array of food and beverages on offer.
The Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT) team selected Lausanne as it is a cultural and historical host city, which is also home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and several other international organizations.
In a release, GFWT pointed to… ‘A very well organized event led by Event Director Christian Jean, and a motivated team who take care of participants across all crossroads and hospitality zone. This ensured the most successful gran fondo event in Switzerland organized by Association Cyclotour du Leman.’
The GFWT now enters ‘a crazy schedule with three events coming up’ – Giant Seorak Gran Fondo; La Ciclobrava Sea Otter by Continental and Ghost; and Gran Fondo Kazakhstan – Tour of Zhetysu.
The final cash prize pot of US$36,000 for the Gran Fondo World Tour Ranking will be split amongst the top 5 women and men based off the following criteria:
- Minimum of 3 events in the Gran Fondo World Tour calendar should be completed; and
- Bonus points accrued via Gran Fondo World presented by Ride with GPS must be added.
The top 5 will receive: (same prizes for women/men)
The Gran Fondo World Tour Series also points out that its ‘international expansion team are working to add new destinations in South America, the Middle East and Asia’. These will be revealed in due course. The Gran Fondo Series adds that that the soon to be added events will generate a global participation of around 50,000 participants – with events across more than 20 countries.